The Years That Changed Modern Scotland
Kirsty Wark looks back at the 1970s and 1980s, revealing that while this period is often remembered for miners' strikes, three-day weeks and power cuts, it was also a time of new shopping centres, urban renewal and an oil boom in the north east.
In this episode, Kirsty Wark revisits the 1980s and early 1990s, the period between the rise of Thatcherism and the birth of New Labour. For Scotland, it was a time of painful transition, but as old industries declined some opportunities arose. These were the years that saw the rise of a new type of Scottish entrepreneur, that heralded a new era in home ownership and that witnessed the rebranding and creative revival of Scotland's biggest city.
Kirsty Wark explores the 1990s and 2000s, a period that begins with the explosion of rave culture and ends with the financial crash. This was a time when being Scottish became cool, as young musicians made their voices heard on a world stage.
Kirsty Wark explores the events of 2008 that saw Scotland go from a leading financial powerhouse and home of the biggest bank in the world, RBS, to an economy in crisis as the global financial crash wreaked havoc.
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